Sunday, December 23, 2012

Red-Tails in Love!

Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central ParkI just finished reading a great book – Red-Tails in Love, by Marie Winn.  If you’re looking for a high-action, violent New York City story, this ain’t the book for you.  On the other hand, if you’re looking for a little romance (not quite as long-lived as When Harry Met Sally), this could be your book!  The story follows the adventures of a male hawk and his mates as they search for nesting sites and raise chicks in New York City.  Ms. Winn, one of a group of dedicated bird watchers in Central Park, skillfully tells the story, from first discovery of the male hawk, through nest construction all the way to the successful rearing of young hawks.  The author also provides fascinating details about other birds in Central Park, both the neo-tropical migrants and the everyday birds like crows and starlings.  But this isn’t a book just for birders; her writing is clear and descriptive, even for non-birders.  She includes stories about gray gulls from Peru, Mary Tyler Moore’s apartment building, and unexpected owl sightings.  I love New York City, all of it’s energy and excitement, and this book provides another angle on a great city.

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